John Todd named new executive director of Wild Montana

John Todd has been named the new executive director of Wild Montana, a 65-year-old grassroots conservation organization.

He succeeds Ben Gabriel, who stepped down on April 15 to become the new executive director of the American Alpine Club.

In his 11 years with the organization, Todd has served as its field director, conservation director, deputy director and, since Gabriel departed, its interim executive director, Wild Montana officials said Wednesday.

In 2012, Todd began organizing efforts that would lead to the Gallatin Forest Partnership, a collaborative group that crafted a proposal that shaped the new Custer Gallatin National Forest Plan and got new protections for the Gallatin Range, according to a news release from Wild Montana. Before its passage in 2014, he played a crucial role in building statewide support for the Rocky Mountain Front Heritage Act.

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As Wild Montana’s conservation director and deputy director, Todd oversaw the advancement of the Blackfoot Clearwater Stewardship Act, the successful defense of Montana’s wilderness study areas (against several bills meant to eliminate them), and the advocacy for wild places in several Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management planning processes. He’s also overseen the growth

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